Golden Girl: Olivia de Havilland’s Independent UK Interview

Olivia de Havilland
Olivia de Havilland

Thank goodness for the blogosphere. If it hadn’t been for the always-on-top-of-things Movie Classics blog (definitely one of the better blogs out there), I would have missed out on a major, major interview the UK’s Independent recently published with Olivia De Havilland.

The 93 year old living legend begins her interview with spunk and spirit: “Come and sit on this side of me,” she says. “So that I can hear you better. And I do encourage you to help yourself. Please have at least a sip of champagne.” From Errol Flynn to beating the studio system and everything in between (well, almost: her sister Joan Fontaine is very much a taboo issue), we realize that Miss De Havilland is quite right when she says: “”I feel like a survivor from an age that people no longer understand. I want to try to explain what the 1930s – the golden age of Hollywood – was truly like.”  And yes, that does mean an autobiography, which she hopes to have a draft of by September.

But why are you still here? Read it now!

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Film writer and social media marketing professional. 2019 Social Ambassador for the 10th Annual TCM Classic Film Festival. Previously: social media associate at Warner Archive and script writer for Turner Classic Movies. Working on a Montgomery Clift biography due late 2020.

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